Cypress's OvationONS(TM) Laser Navigation Sensor and WirelessUSB(TM) LP Radio Selected by BTC for Media Center Keyboard
Thursday March 6, 9:00 am ET
Low-Power Laser Sensor Provides High-Precision Tracking for Trackball; Wireless Technology Delivers Reliable RF Connection and Extends Battery Life
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY - News) today announced that Behavior Tech Computer Corporation (BTC), a leading manufacturer of PC peripherals, has selected Cypress’s OvationONS™ I Laser Navigation Sensor, WirelessUSB™ LP radio and enCoRe™ III microcontroller for a new wireless media center keyboard. The sleek, multifunctional 9039URF III keyboard uses the CYONS1001T0 sensor to provide high accuracy tracking performance for its trackball. The precision, small form-factor, and low-power of the OvationONS sensor provide the flexibility to design with a variety of sizes and materials for trackballs. Additionally, Cypress’s 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB LP radio and enCoRe III microcontroller deliver flawless and low-power wireless connectivity to the keyboard.
OvationONS laser navigation products feature Cypress’s patented OptiCheck™ technology, a detection scheme that maximizes tracking performance and reduces power consumption versus traditional image capture/correlation techniques. Combined with Cypress’s ultra-low power wireless technology, the total human interface device (HID) solution prolongs battery life for the keyboard. The industry-leading interference immunity of Cypress’s AgileHID™ protocol allows the keyboard to operate uninterrupted in the home environment, where the 2.4-GHz spectrum is crowded with signals from Wi-Fi, microwaves, cordless phones and other devices.
“Cypress’s OvationONS I laser sensor and wireless HID solution deliver the precise navigation and low power consumption we wanted for our media center keyboard,” said Roger Tsai, President of Input Device Division at BTC. “In addition to the benefits of the technology, Cypress’s one-stop-shopping HID portfolio simplified our design process and cut our time to market.”
“BTC’s multimedia keyboard is an excellent showcase of the complete solution for wireless human interface devices that only Cypress offers,” said Shuo Zhang, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Cypress’s Optical Navigation Solutions. “Our technology enabled BTC to incorporate a trackball and wireless connectivity into their multimedia keyboard without having to sacrifice tracking performance, battery life or reliability.”
About OvationONS I sensors
The OvationONS I family integrates a Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) and detector in a compact 8 mm x 8 mm QFN package with a simple snap-on lens design. The simple two-piece device has built-in laser eye safety management, eliminating the need for laser power calibration during assembly to reduce manufacturing complexity and cost. In addition to keyboard trackball solution, the OvationONS I family also includes devices targeted for high performance laser mouse applications. Cypress’s OptiCheck technology’s signal-processing speed and power consumption is independent of the sensor’s tracking speed. OvationONS I sensors can simultaneously support full speed (52 inches per second) and full resolution (3200 counts-per-inch), maximizing the counts-per-second recorded by the mouse and avoiding the "deceleration" effect that hampers many sensors on the market today. In addition, the family uses a position-sampling rate as high as 40 kHz, allowing the sensors to have instant response to changes in tracking direction or speed with significantly reduced latency.
About Cypress Wireless HID Solutions
Cypress’s Wireless HID Solutions include laser navigation sensors, 2.4-GHz wireless transceivers and peripheral microcontrollers. The world’s only complete HID portfolio offers one-stop-shopping and an unparalleled feature set to enable high precision tracking, superior interference immunity, low bill-of-materials (BOM) costs, higher data rate applications, and faster time-to-market for wireless mice, keyboards, gaming devices, presenter tools, and remotes, as well as other simple, multi-point-to-point wireless applications. The industry-leading AgileHID protocol uses Cypress's patented frequency-agile DSSS technology to offer best-in-class interference immunity for a 2.4-GHz wireless system. Cypress’s Wireless HID Solutions also incorporate the user-friendly KISSBind™ feature, which enables a user to pair a wireless peripheral to the desired host without using binding buttons, thus lowering customer support calls.
Behavior Tech Computer Corporation (BTC) was established as a keyboard manufacturer in 1982 in Taipei, Taiwan. With 2007 revenues topping the NT$8.0 Billion mark, BTC is now a multi-national, world class input device and mass storage appliance manufacturer with factories in Taiwan, China and Korea and branch offices and logistics support centers in Asia, Europe and the USA. For more information on BTC's products and services please visit the BTC website at http://www.btc.com.tw
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC® Programmable System-on-Chip™, USB controllers, Laser Navigation Sensors, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB™ radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge™ and EZ-USB® FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.
Cypress, the Cypress logo and PSoC are registered trademarks, and OvationONS, WirelessUSB, enCoRe, OptiCheck, AgileHID and KISSBind are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Cypress Semiconductor Corporation provides silicon-based products and solutions. It offers programmable system-on-chip (PSoC) products, universal serial bus (USB) controllers, wirelessUSB, programmable clocks, and RoboClock family of clock buffers, as well as programmable-radio-on-a-chips. The company also provides communication products, peripheral controllers, dual-port interconnects, programmable logic devices, and Power PSoC; HDMI switches, cable drivers, and equalizers; first-in, first-out memories; and physical layer devices and peripheral bridge controllers. In addition, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation engages in the memory and image sensor businesses. The memory business offers SRAM products, which are used to store and retrieve data in networking, wireless infrastructure and handsets, computation, consumer, automotive, industrial, and other electronic systems. The Image Sensors business provides sensors for digital photography; and imaging solutions for machine vision and motion analysis. The company, through its subsidiary, SunPower Corporation, provides solar electric power products, systems, and services. These products include solar cells and panels, inverters, imaging detectors, and infrared detectors. Further, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation offers optical navigation sensors; Grating Light Valve technology that switches, modulates, and attenuates light in various applications; and foundry-related services. It serves consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power markets. The company sells its products through direct sales force, distributors, trading companies, and representative firms in the United States, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
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Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Exec. VP of Admin., Exec. VP of Fin. and Corp. Sec.
Mr. Christopher A. Seams, 45
Exec. VP of Sales & Marketing and Exec. VP of Operations
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Exec. VP of Consumer & Computation Division
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Exec. VP of New Product Devel.
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Wednesday March 5, 9:00 am ET
High-Precision, Flexible Sensor Enables Mouse to Earn Perfect 10s in Reviews
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY - News) today announced that SteelSeries, a leading manufacturer of innovative professional gaming gear, has selected its OvationONS™ laser navigation sensor to power the new Ikari Laser professional gaming mouse. The OvationONS solution enables the mouse to deliver unmatched speed, accuracy and flexibility. The Ikari mouse recently received scores of 10 out of 10 from the hardware review websites www.bit-tech.net and www.TrustedReviews.com.
The SteelSeries Ikari Laser mouse features programmable macros and custom settings designed to increase the number of actions a user can complete while playing a game. The OvationONS sensor enables users to adjust the mouse’s sensitivity incrementally for extreme accuracy. The mouse can also be programmed by users with one setting for basic applications and a second for advanced gaming, and it remembers the settings without the need to install specific drivers. SteelSeries FreeMove™ technology, based on the OvationONS sensor, allows users to adjust how precisely the Ikari Laser mouse will reproduce the hand’s movement versus how much the mouse will automatically correct it.
“SteelSeries worked closely with the gaming community and Cypress to deliver a mouse with new features such as FreeMove that give gamers a competitive edge,” said Tino Soelberg, vice president of Research and Development at SteelSeries. “Cypress’s OvationONS sensor offers the performance and flexibility that serious gamers demand, all in a small package that lends to creative, ergonomic designs.”
“We are pleased to see the SteelSeries Ikari mouse earning recognition for its outstanding performance and design,” said Shuo Zhang, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Cypress’s Optical Navigation Operation. “Our OvationONS laser navigation sensor enables innovators such as SteelSeries to push the boundaries of gaming mouse performance and provide unique features.”
“At SteelSeries we understand that the gaming community is looking for the best in every aspect of the products they buy,” said Bruce Hawver, CEO at SteelSeries. “Our work on the Ikari mouse with Cypress is another example where SteelSeries collaborated with an innovative technology leader to deliver a product that redefines its segment of the gaming market. We look forward to continuing cooperation with innovators like Cypress.”
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Cypress owns approx. 51% of Sunpower (44M shares). Considering the market caps of the two companies, CY appears to have an attractive pps as of March 2008.
SunPower Names Robert Okunski as Senior Director of Investor Relations
Wednesday March 12, 8:00 am ET
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWR - News), a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced that Robert Okunski has joined the company as its senior director of investor relations. In this newly created role, Okunski is responsible for driving investor relations activities for SunPower.
Okunski brings a decade of experience in developing and executing global investor relations programs for high-tech companies in the semiconductor, software and Internet industries.
"A key element of our strategy is to recruit and retain the most talented people in order to successfully execute our long-term business plan," said Julie Blunden, vice president of public policy and corporate communications at SunPower. "As a leading public company in the solar industry, we must have the right infrastructure in place to meet the needs of our investors, and we are excited to have Bob join the SunPower team."
Prior to joining SunPower, Okunski was director of investor relations for Spansion Inc, a $2.5 billion leader in the Flash memory industry serving the top 10 handset, consumer electronics and automotive OEMs. During his tenure, he was responsible for investor relations activities relating to the company's IPO and the development of a global investor relations program. Previously, Okunski was vice president of investor relations for PeopleSoft prior to its acquisition by Oracle Corp. in 2004.
Okunski graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in political science and received his MBA degree from Moravian College.
SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWR - News) designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar cells and solar panels generate up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar technologies and have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.sunpowercorp.com
. SunPower is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY - News).
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